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35 minutes ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

The Australian commentator screamed 'she's flying'..

Was that from Youtube?

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You guys are too harsh. It was fun and spunky (and most importantly cohesive) event with a lot of thought put into the details of every moving part. All the costumes were colorful and memorable (in contrast to the quite frankly forgettable aesthetic of the Olympic ceremony). It worked really well in scenes where a lot of different dancing was happening because it made the stadium feel very full visually, whereas the Olympic ceremony felt like there was so much empty space between the activity.

Not only that, the design, music, movements all felt so distinctly Japanese to me. When I heard the accordion in one of the pieces I had a euphoric flashback to playing Pokemon and hearing the chipper jingle on loop in one of the towns in the game. It was orgasmic. The rock part was got me super pumped and reminded me of a bunch of anime openings. The wind characters look like Mario characters, and their cartoonish movements (eg. one of the wind characters tripping and while running to the little girl, the synchronized pointing) felt like I was watching a quirky cut scene from a Nintendo game.

I appreciate the traditional aspects of the Olympics opening, but I also really enjoyed how the Paralympic opening incorporated modern Japanese culture as well. It was solid.

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Overall though, I think the Olympic planning committee was the reason of their own downfall. They have themselves too much emphasis and pressure to make the ceremony *perfect* for every narrative angle instead of focusing on perfecting one narrative angle and creating a cohesive story out of it.

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